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  • Co-opROCKS! Feb. 16

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS!, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 16.
    This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs, acoustic musicians and bands including DJ Mickey Paws, DJ BotEars, Choking on Air, All the Wrong Reasons, Syzygy, Maddy Boyd, Mohit Dubey, Dogsit Godsit, Jovani Griego, Sammie and Andy, and Mariam Kass. Co-opROCKS! kicks off with workshops between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., which are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Workshops include break dancing, screen-printing, comedy improv, hula-hoop and POI, and adobe brick making.
    In addition, participate in live free form art, vote for the Co-opROCKS! logo, and sample food from La Montanita and the Los Alamos Co-op Market, while enjoying food-related documentaries and learning about like-minded local businesses.
    Co-opROCKS! will showcase Los Alamos talent including Sammie and Andy Hammon, DJ BotEars, DJ Mickey Paws, Syzygy, and graphic design students from Brittany Felton’s class at Los Alamos High School. Other Los Alamos supporters include the Los Alamos Teen Center, whose staff includes Syzygy band members and The Los Alamos Historical Society, who is partnering with Cornerstones to host an adobe brick-making workshop facilitated by Raffi Andonian.

  • A look at the 'Rear Window'

    We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows. But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, about which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.
    The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window” is not only a who dunnit, but a did anyone do it? And even the “it” is ambiguous: Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer or simply in sales? And what’s going on with the little dog, anyhow?
    “Rear Window” stars James Stewart as professional photographer L.B. Jefferies, accustomed to traveling the world in search of the most gripping news stories. Because of a broken leg, he’s trapped in a wheelchair for seven weeks, with nothing to point his lens at but his neighbors’ windows.
    Jefferies has only one week left of his confinement and a beautiful girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to boot, but he’s cynical and prone to sinister imaginings, staring dejectedly at others who seem to actually be living, unlike, he seems to think, him.
    Eventually, he witnesses several pieces of odd behavior, which, taken together, can only suggest one of two possibilities. Either there is nothing going on, or a woman has been butchered into tiny pieces and packed into a trunk.

  • Opera about Nazi atrocity shown in Austria

    VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of children were murdered by the Nazis because they fell short of the Aryan ideal.
    On Friday, a hushed audience gathered in Austria's Parliament to watch the world premiere of an opera depicting how the Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children at a Vienna hospital during World War II.
    The killings were part of a greater campaign that led to the deaths of about 75,000 people — homosexuals, the handicapped, or others the Nazis called "unworthy lives" — and served as a prelude to the Holocaust.
    Austrians played a huge role in these and other atrocities of the era — nearly 800 children were killed at Vienna's Spiegelgrund psychiatric ward — and Friday's premiere of the opera "Spiegelgrund" was the latest installment of a national effort to atone for such acts in word and deed.
    The timing was picked to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be observed worldwide Sunday, and the performance was streamed live on the Internet for international audiences.

  • This week on PAC-8, Feb. 1-7

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, February 1, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-29-13)
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM 2012 Revere Sand Sculpting Competition
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Jews in Theory”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 2, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, February 3, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next ‘Star Wars’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.
    The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
    "Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
    The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
    Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
    Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.

  • ‘Argo’ on a roll with big win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture.
    But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
    The international thriller from director Ben Affleck, who also stars as a CIA operative orchestrating a daring rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, received the top honor of best ensemble cast in a movie at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, their equivalent of the best-picture Oscar. It's a decent indicator of eventual Academy Awards success, with the two matching up about half the time.
    The film, which also stars John Goodman and Alan Arkin as Hollywood veterans who help stage a fake movie as a cover, has received nearly unanimous critical raves and has proven to be a box-office favorite, as well, grossing nearly $190 million worldwide.

  • Clift composition wins competition

    Paul Clift, a composer living in New York City, submitted the winning composition titled, “1950c, for classical guitar,” in the 2012 University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition.
    He will be honored with the premiere of his composition at the 2013 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium,  which takes place from March 24-27 at UNM.
    Clift, a doctoral student at Columbia University, designed his winning composition as a musical metaphor to the style of abstract impressionist painter Clyfford Still.
    “I sought to create a work for solo guitar in my own musical language that made abstract reference to the folk music of the South in the United States,” he said. “The J.D. Robb field-recording archives proved to be of immense value for me, in particular the Matachines field recordings of 1952.”
    Clift, an Australian composer, has been living in New York City since receiving a Columbia doctoral fellowship in 2009.
    He earned a master’s degree in music at King’s College in London and a bachelor’s degree at Monash University Conservatorium in Australia. His works have been performed at festivals in North America, Europe and Australia.

  • Marsalis comes to Santa Fe

    Wynton Marsalis is a musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a national treasure. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. He will perform March 6 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
    Marsalis was born in New Orleans, La. in 1961. At age eight, he performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band, led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic.
    At age 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. He assembled his own band in 1981, performing more than 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years.
    Marsalis’ love of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and others drove him to pursue a career in classical music, as well. He recorded the Haydn, Hummel and Leopold Mozart trumpet concertos at age 20. His debut recording received positive reviews and won the Grammy Award for “Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra.”

  • Ticket Sales 01-24-13

    Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.
    1. “Mama,” $28.1 million.
    2. “Zero Dark Thirty,” $17.6 million. ($770,000 international.)
    3. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $11.4 million. ($700,000 international.)
    4. “Gangster Squad,” $9.1 million. ($5.7 million international.)
    5. “Broken City,” $9 million.
    6. “A Haunted House,” $8.3 million. ($1.6 million international.)
    7. “Django Unchained,” $8.2 million. ($48.1 million international.)
    8. “Les Miserables,” $7.8 million. ($19.4 million international.)
    9. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $6.4 million. ($13.2 million international.)
    10. “The Last Stand,” $6.3 million. ($1.3 million international.)

  • Chastain films takes top spots

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Chastain easily outmuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg over the weekend, topping the box office with both her supernatural horror film “Mama” and the Oscar-nominated Osama bin Laden hunt thriller “Zero Dark Thirty.”
    “Mama” opened well above expectations with a box-office topping $28.1 million for Universal Pictures, according to studio estimates Sunday. Chastain also held the second spot with “Zero Dark Thirty,” for which she’s nominated by the Academy Awards for best actress. In its second week of wide release, “Zero Dark Thirty” took in $17.6 million.
    The films’ strong performances made an unlikely box-office queen out of a chameleon-like actress that even fans of “Mama” might have trouble picking out of a lineup. Chastain, whose credits range from Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” to “The Help” (for which she was also Oscar nominated), even accomplished the rare feat by besting a couple more traditional box-office stalwarts.
    Schwarzenegger’s post-governorship comeback got off to a terrible start. His action flick “The Last Stand” opened with just $6.3 million for Lionsgate, one of the worst debuts for the brawny 65-year-old star. The film came in 10th.